It's been quite a while since my last post, but I haven't forgotten about this blog. It's just been a crazy whirlwind of too many classes, too much food, and too many nights out drinking with friends.
I've finally started to settle into a routine, though. I'm getting down to my teaching core and figuring out what works for me. It's been a hard road, but then I remember that I'm a quarter done with my contract and I just stop. And realize that I've been in this country for three months.
I think the hardest part to comprehend is that it feels like home. As much a home as anywhere in Georgia. I feel like I've acclimated surprisingly well. There are dips, as with any move. There are days when I just want to pack it all in and run to my mom and dad to crash on their couch and eat their food.
And then I step outside, and realize that despite everything, I'm finally doing what I've wanted to do for five years. That even when I'm downtrodden or worn out by my children. Or when my boss is picking on me for something small and insignificant just to have a power trip. No matter what, I'm living in Korea. Working in Korea. And making so many new memories and friends.
It's like I have these miniature epiphanies--moments of light. It's then that I realize I'm living in a foreign country. Outside of those moments, it feels like home.
In other news, I'm taking Korean lessons. Mostly to make my life easier, but also because I feel like a horrible person when I can't communicate in the native language of the country in which I live. I feel this deep, disappointing pang when the person I'm talking to works so hard to speak English just so we can communicate. I feel lazy and entitled and it's utterly unpleasant. So I'm fixing it. We're working with a private tutor to improve our language skills one day at a time.
Work is a grind, but in the end I have to remind myself that it's just a means to an end, not an end in itself. My job is not my life, it is what enables me to live my life.
And now, I'm living. I'm really, truly living my life. And man, it feels so fantastic.
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